Kick-starting Curls

By Carolyn Belefski

Along with my work at ROI, I've been having a pretty good year with my illustrations and comics. Shortly before joining ROI, I did a cover for Cartoon Network's Adventure Time comic book. Then earlier this year, The White House contacted me to make comics for their HealthCare.gov initiative. I've written a blog about the process and was also interviewed for The Washington Post's Comic Riffs about the health care comics. The cartoons got a lot of exposure and were even posted on Michelle Obama's Instagram and Twitter accounts to encourage the public to sign up for the Affordable Care Act before the February 15 deadline! 

Now I have another deadline to tackle, as I've launched a Kickstarter project to be able to print all the Curls comic strips I've ever done. The book will also contain additional material such as process sketches and behind-the-scenes glimpses on how the strip is created. 

You can check out the project here: tinyurl.com/curlskickstarter

The campaign is doing well — we've reached nearly 65% of the goal, got selected as a "Kickstarter Staff Pick" and are listed in "New & Noteworthy" projects. Comics in Education, Team Cul de Sac, and Bleeding Cool have highlighted the project, and I've been on many podcasts to help promote, but we still have a lot to do and 13 more days to become fully funded  if we don't reach the goal by March 25, nothing will happen — that's how Kickstarter works.

It's very refreshing to be able to work at ROI. I enjoy working with co-workers who take interest and support our activities in and out of work and the opportunity to spotlight each other in this blog. It also helps to have Sean here in the office, as he is also a creator and does a comic called Panda Force

I would really appreciate it if you took a look at the video and pledge levels. If you like what you see, support by pledging and/or promoting on your social media sites. ROI and I would love you to be a part of this project. Thanks!